Cottonwood College Prep Academy

An Interdisciplinary, Project-Based

Montessori-Inspired Charter High School

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Cottonwood College Prep Academy

An Innovative Public High School in El Dorado Hills

Cottonwood College Prep Academy (CCPA) is a free public charter school located in the Buckeye Union School District in El Dorado Hills.

CCPA’s Montessori-inspired high school offers a hybrid educational program that provides students the experience of learning in a classroom setting while also offering the personalization provided by online learning. Students will take the Concentration’s Course of Study in a classroom setting on the high school campus while taking the other courses using an online platform, all with the support of the school’s teachers and staff.

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CCPA Mission and Vision


MISSION (The HOW): CCPA, influenced by Montessori principles, provides an innovative, rigorous, self-exploring education through experiential learning, design thinking, and meaningful interdisciplinary studies cultivating a growth mindset.


VISION (The WHY): CCPA’s vision is to guide our student community to love learning, to profoundly contribute to our diverse world, and to lead lives of achievement.

What’s Happening

CCPA Swag Store Year-End Sale

The CCPA Swag Store Year-End Sale is live! The sale runs from January 30 until February 13. Use the discount code SPIRIT213 at checkout to receive 25% off all merchandise and free shipping on orders over $60. To access the store, click on the “Swag Store” link under...

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CCPA is open for tours

CCPA's new location is open for tours. Give us a call (530.285.2003) to schedule your tour of the College Prep Academy. Our hybrid high school pathway provides students with the experience of learning in a classroom and personalization provided by online learning....

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Cash for College Workshops

Cash For College workshops will be held at various high schools in the greater Sacramento area from Tuesday, January 9 until Tuesday, March 5. These workshops will guide students in the process of completing the FAFSA, the Dream Act, or the Chafee Grant applications....

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Student-led conferences conclude at CCPA

At the end of every semester, students participate in student-led conferences. Student-led conferences are a progressive approach to academic success, placing the responsibility for reporting and reflecting on learning outcomes squarely in the hands of students. In...

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